THURSDAY, SEPT. 28 / 11 A.M. - 5 P.M.

Only you can make leadership happen. Be the leader you’ve been waiting for and shake up the status quo.


In our third year, we’re back with a specific focus: to reinvigoratereenergize and connect aspirational leaders.

Consider this the nudge you need to do the things you were meant to do and be the leader you were meant to be. This is your launching point to make / it / happen.

Make / Leadership / Happen will connect you with people, ideas and opportunities to bring action to intention, and to lead thoughtfully in our community.

That voice that says it’s time to lead? Quit ignoring it.





11 a.m.       Registration + Networking

11:45 a.m.       Opening Session + Lunch 

                Think Big and Think Little: Innovation for Leaders

                Dan Gilbert + Stuart Chittenden, Gilbert + Chittenden

1:15 p.m.          Breakout Session 1

1A / Running for Office: Confronting Your Hell No

Senator Tony Vargas, Nebraska State Senator, District 7 

1B / Orbiting What Matters: Why Attention Beats Collaboration

Nicole Bianchi + Jeff Shannon, Bravium Human Development

1C / Creating a Dynamic Culture: 6 Ways to Make Work Better Every Day

Natalie Hackbarth + Aaron Brown, Quantum Workplace

1D / Empathy as a Leadership Strategy  

Facilitated by Dan Gillbert + Stuart Chittenden, Gilbert + Chittenden

2:15 p.m.           Breakout Session 2

2A / Serving in Office: After the Win  

Mike Flood, Former State Senator, News Channel Nebraska + Jewell & Collins Law Firm

2B / Making the Best Better – What’s next for 1,600 Leaders and 39 Best Classes Ever  

Facilitated by Stuart Chittenden, Gilbert + Chittenden

2C / Big Mistakes Leaders Make  

Kim Hoogeveen, MindSet LLC 

2D / Bringing the Unicorn to Life: Putting Innovation and Leadership into Action  

Facilitated by Dan Gilbert, Gilbert + Chittenden


3:15 p.m.           Closing Session + CEO Panel

Facilitator: Sherrye Hutcherson, Union Pacific

James Blackledge, Mutual of Omaha

Mogens Bay, Valmont Industries Inc

Todd Becker, Green Plains, Inc.

Derek Leathers, Werner Enterprises, Inc.

4 p.m.                Closing Reception – Drinks, Appetizers + Networking